What is the HSE/TASC™ Test?

New York State selected the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014. New York State will continue to use the TASC™ test for High School Equivalency testing for the years 2018-2020, with an option to extend the contract for the years 2021-2022.

The TASC™ is a secure, reliable and valid instrument that is used to verify that examinees have knowledge in core content areas equivalent to that of graduating high school seniors. There are five tests in the TASC™ test Battery: Reading; Writing; Social Studies; Science; and Mathematics.

The tests take approximately nine hours to complete and include a direct writing assessment. To ensure that the content and skills measured by the tests remain closely matched to contemporary high school curriculum, the tests undergo regular review.

TASC™ test results will be distributed approximately five to six weeks from the date of testing. Some results may take longer due to errors requiring manual reconciliation of records to ensure accuracy.

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The TASC™ is a High School Equivalency (HSE) national examination developed by DRC/CTB and is jointly administered by DRC/CTB and the New York State Education Department.

Please note: The HSE Office in Albany is the only entity approved to issue high school equivalency diplomas in New York State. If diplomas and/or transcripts are obtained from a source other than the HSE Office, they are not legitimate documents. Candidates who possess them cannot use them for any academic or vocational purposes. (e.g. to obtain or upgrade a job, to enter a training program, to enlist in the United States Armed Forces, to enter into a post-secondary institution, college, or university, etc.).